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Oscar pleads innocence over red card in Shanghai derby******
BEIJING, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Oscar claimed he did nothing wrong to earn his first red card in his career in Wednesday's Shanghai Port's 5-1 win over Shanghai Shenhua in the first leg of a Chinese FA Cup semifinal.。
The former Chelsea midfielder was sent off alongside Shenhua player Sun Shilin for being involved in a tussle in the 90th minute after making four assists in the Shanghai derby.。
The 30-year-old Brazilian player insisted that he in no way deserved the red card, the first one in his career.。
"I did not want to cause trouble, I just intended to protect my teammate as the team captain," he said on Thursday.。
"Obviously, it was the opposition player who charged toward me with the intention to cause trouble. I just wanted to separate the players of both sides," he said.。
"Anyway, a red card is part of the game," he added.。
Shenhua side accused Oscar of an improper act in the fracas.。
"Oscar purposefully elbowed our No. 13 player Zhao Mingjian on the back of his head," the Shanghai club said on Thursday in an appeal letter written to Chinese Football Association president Chen Xuyuan, who happened to be the former boss of Shanghai Port.。
Sun Shiling was hit on the face by Oscar when he tried to stop the Brazilian player, Shenhua said. Enditem。
Japan defeats Vietnam 1******
HANOI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Visitors Japan edged Vietnam 1-0 on Thursday in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.。
The visitors took the lead on a swift counterattack in the 17th minute, with Takumi Minamino making a sharp run down the left side of the box before putting it on a plate for Junya Ito on the far post.。
Right before the half-time whistle, Ito twisted the Vietnamese defense inside and out before thumping the ball home. However, the goal was denied after a VAR review for offside.。
Facing a superior Japan side, several attacking substitutions helped Vietnam create more chances in the second half but none were converted. Substitute Luong Xuan Truong had a dig in the 89th minute, but the ball sailed high.。
Vietnam is yet to gain a single point in the final round of the qualifiers, while Japan is at nine points after three wins out of five. Enditem。
China overpowers Malaysia in Uber Cup badminton tournament****** China's Liu Xuanxuan (R) /Xia Yuting compete in the women's doubles match against Malaysia's Lee Meng Yean/Muralitharan Thinaah during the group D match between China and Malaysia at Uber Cup badminton tournament in Aarhus, Denmark, Oct. 10, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)
AARHUS, Denmark, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's women's badminton team crushed Malaysia 5-0 in the second round of the Uber Cup group stage here on Sunday.
Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yufei drew first blood against the 20-year-old Eoon Qixuan, winning 21-13, 21-11.
"This is my first game in the 2021 Uber Cup and it's normal that I had some problems in the first set. But I collected points quickly as she was making more mistakes," said Chen. "I believe things will become much better in the coming matches."
Liu Xuanxuan and Xia Yuting outplayed Lee Meng Yean and Thinaah Muralitharan, 21-12, 21-17 in the following doubles tie.
"We were prepared for all kinds of scenarios. Our opponents are much stronger than the Canadian pair yesterday, so we're not surprised to fight hard in the second set," Xia told Xinhua after the game.
Liu was happy to grab the victory for the Chinese team and vowed to make more contributions for China in their title campaign. "We would collect more points if we could manage the details well."
He Bingjiao overwhelmed Siti Nurshuhaini 21-8, 21-3 in just 23 minutes in the third match-up.
"I cannot decide who would be my opponent and how strong she is. The only thing I can do is to fight 100 percent, no matter whom I face. I'll try every effort to motivate myself," said the world No. 9 singles player.
Huang Dongping and Jia Yifan then smashed Go Pei Kee and Teoh Mei Xing 21-9, 21-12 in the doubles, before 21-year-old Wang Zhiyi defeated 18-year-old Karupathevan Letshanaa 21-15, 21-11 to seal the victory for China.
China will face hosts Denmark on Tuesday in the final round of the group stage. Enditem